Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund

 

Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund program is our signature outreach initiative, providing a free performance and free companion book to low-income Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. Only 50% of CPS 3rd graders read at grade level, potentially putting them behind for the rest of their education. Help us address this crisis.

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Overview

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by Spring 2018 to:

  • Deliver the program to 5,000 elementary students
  • Extend this service into all 50 Chicago wards
  • Strengthen the bond between reading and theater
  • Inspire a love of reading and the arts
  • Support improved literacy & comprehension skills

Donate

ECT is committed to providing theater and reading promotion to all children in Chicago. Help us today.

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Donor Benefits 2017 – 2018

Lullaby League ($50 – $99) 

  • Website Acknowledgement

Munchkins ($100 – $249)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Lobby Donor Board acknowledgement
  • “Celebrate Your Hero” message on website

Flying Monkeys ($250 – $499)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Two tickets to an Emerald City Theatre press opening/reception at the Apollo Theater
  • “Celebrate Your Hero” message at Apollo Theater
  • Early on-sale ticket access for holiday show

Lollipop Guild ($500 – $999)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Two additional tickets to an Emerald City Theatre press opening/reception at the Apollo Theater

Scarecrows ($1,000 – $2,499)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Invitation to New Work readings

Tin Men ($2,500 – $4,999)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Invitations to exclusive supporter events

$5,000+

  • Recognition and benefits will be customized

Impact

Did You Know?

In middle-income neighborhoods, on average, there are 13 books for each child.

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In low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children.

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How The One Fund Helps

Designed to address this literacy crisis by inspiring early learners through play AND reading, the One Fund supports ECT programs that bring a free play and a free book to qualifying low-income Chicago Public School students.

Imagine the power of a free performance like Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat for students. Then imagine giving each of those children a new book to take home. For many, that will be the first book they own. Since 2012, the One Fund has delivered free arts education programs to 18,500 CPS students.

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Every $20 donation to ECT’s One Fund delivers one play and one book to one child.


Testimonials

“Martin was too shy to say his name on the first day of the residency. Ten weeks later, he performed as The Big Bad Wolf!”
-Katie Utterback, Emerald City Teaching Artist

“The One Fund brought us to Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny. It was the first trip outside of Garfield Park for many of the kids. Now, our library can’t keep Mo Willems books on the shelves.”
-Deirdre Garcia, Morton School

“Live performances help develop critical thinking skills and creativity which our students crave, yet can’t always exhibit in a classroom setting.”
-Krista Adams, Woodson School




These are some of the ways teachers tell us they will use the One Fund:

  • To teach new vocabulary
  • To improve students’ self-esteem
  • To support the needs of English language learners
  • To teach social and emotional skills like effective interaction with peers and conflict resolution
  • To give students an opportunity to leave their neighborhood for a cultural outing
  • Professional development for the teachers to learn about creative, active strategies and ideas to keep students engaged in learning
  • To help raise a school’s Creative Certification Level
  • To increase students’ ability to read at grade level
  • AND To foster a love of reading

CPS Students Served

Year 2012: 1,445
Year 2013: 2,632
Year 2014: 6,358
Year 2015: 5,700
Year 2016: 7,400
Year 2023 Goal: 25,000

Apply

Applications for the 2018 – 2019 One Fund grant are now closed. Winners will be announced in April.  

Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund supports literacy and arts education through live theater. Learn how your school can apply for a grant through ECT’s One Fund.

  • ECT’s One Fund grant brings one free theater performance and one free companion book to each student recipient through a field trip performance at Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park.
  • Valued at $2,500 – $5,000 for each winning school.
  Applications Open Application Deadline Award Decision Award
Delivery
ECT’s One Fund Grant January 4, 2018 March 2, 2018 April 4, 2018

2018-2019 School Year

 

About the Grant

For All Applicants

ECT’s One Fund grant brings one free theater performance and one free companion book to each student recipient. It is delivered either through an assembly performance at the school or through a field trip performance at Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park.

  • Valued at $2,500 – $5,000 for each winning school

Eligibility

  • Must be a school within the Chicago Public School (CPS) system
  • Intended for Grades K – 3rd grade
  • School must have 80% or higher low-income student population as listed on CPS website – School Profile page

 

FIELD TRIP: Students and chaperones will attend an Emerald City Theatre performance at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Bus transportation will be funded as a part of this award. Each attending student will receive one new book of their very own that is a companion book to the production. Teachers will be provided advance study guide materials in order to deepen the impact of this program. 

For Previous One Fund Winning Schools

In addition to a field trip, the top scoring applications from previous One Fund-winning schools are also eligible to receive Emerald City Theatre’s Read, Write & Act Residency.
Learn more about Read, Write & Act…

  • Valued at $10,000

Eligibility

  • School must be a previous One Fund winner. See the list of past winning schools here…
  • Must be a school within the Chicago Public School system
  • Intended for Grades K – 3rd grade
  • School must have 80% or higher low-income student population as listed on CPS website – School Profile page

This program focuses on developing confident readers, writers, and actors in your classroom during the school day. Classroom teachers gain knowledge in creating and executing a lesson plan incorporating both creative drama and literacy skills.  It includes:

  • A 9-week theater/literacy-focused residency for 2 classrooms in the same grade
  • 18 forty-five minute class sessions
  • Focus on creative and imaginative exploration of story, reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition/oral language practice, critical-thinking skills, appreciation of theater and literature, and more
  • Students create and perform a stage adaptation of the classroom’s favorite book
  • Students receive their own book and attend an Emerald City Theatre field trip performance at the Apollo Theater

Tips

Tips for a Successful Application:

Review the One Fund Program Rubric to better understand how your application will be reviewed. Read the One Fund Rubric here.

Want to read the whole application before you start? See the PDF version here. 

Winners

2018 Recipients

Winning School Neighborhood
Acero – Sandra Cisneros School  Brighton Park
Ariel Elementary Community Academy North Kenwood
Carl von Linne Elementary School Avondale
Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts Center ES North Lawndale
Francis M McKay Elementary School Englewood
John D Shoop Math-Science Technical Academy Elementary School Morgan Park
John Harvard Elementary School of Excelllence Englewood
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School Rogers Park
Langston Hughes Elementary School Roseland
Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School North Lawndale
Mary Lyon Elementary School Belmont Cragin
New Field Elementary School Rogers Park
Newton Bateman Elementary School Irving Park
Orville T Bright Elementary School South Deering
Phoebe A Hearst Fine Arts Magnet School West Elsdon
Sabin Dual Language Magnet School Humboldt Park
West Ridge Elementary School West Ridge
William G Hibbard Elementary School Albany Park
William W Carter Elementary School Washington Park

2017 Recipients

2017 Recipients

Winning School Neighborhood
Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language Brighton Park
Claremont Academy Elementary School Englewood
Edward Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts Near North Side
Frederic Chopin Elementary School Humboldt Park
George B McClellan Elementary School Bridgeport
Henry Clay Elementary School Hegewisch
John H Hamline Elementary School Englewood
John Spry Elementary Community School South Lawndale
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School Rogers Park
Leif Erricson Elementary Scholastic Academy West Garfield Park
Mark Twain Elementary School Garfield Ridge
Marvin Camras Children’s Engineering School Belmont Cragin
Milton Brunson Math & Science Specialty Magnet School Austin
Mount Vernon Elementary School Washington Heights
New Field Elementary School Rogers Park
Newton Bateman Elementary School Irving Park
Sabin Dual Language Magnet School Humboldt Park
Telpochcalli Elmentary School South Lawndale
William G Hibbard Elementary School Albany Park

2016 Recipients

2016 Recipients

Winning School Neighborhood
Albert Sabin Magnet School Wicker Park
Arthur A. Libby Elementary Englewood
Benjamin E. Mays Academy Englewood
CICS Loomis Primary Academy Washington Heights
Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts North Lawndale
Edward Beasley Magnet Academic Center Greater Grand Crossing
Enrico Tonti Gage Park
George Manierre Old Town
Grover Cleveland Irving Park
Hanson Park Belmont Cragin
Helge A. Haugan Elementary Albany Park
Isabelle C. O’Keeffe School of Excellence South Shore
Jane Addams Elementary South Eastside
John G. Whittier Elementary Pilsen
John H. Hamline Elementary Back of the Yards
Jonathan Y. Scammon Elementary Avondale
Mary E Courtenay Language Arts Center Uptown
Matthew Gallistel Language Academy South Deering
Michael Faraday Elementary Garfield Park
New Field School Rogers Park
Newton Bateman Elementary Irving Park
Theophilus Schmid Elementary Cottage Grove Heights
UNO Charter School – Carlos Fuentes Avondale
William C. Goudy Technology Academy Uptown
 
 

2015 Recipients

Performance Program

Winning School Neighborhood
Azuela Elementary West Lawn
Barry Elementary Hermosa
Bateman Elementary Irving Park
Bright Elementary South Deering
Calmeca Academy Elementary Brighton Park
Christopher House Belmont – Cragin
CICS – Loomis Primary Washington Heights
Hamline Elementary Back of the Yards
Hibbard Elementary Albany Park
McAuliffe Elementary Logan Square
New Field Elementary Rogers Park
Oglesby Elementary Gresham
Parker Community Academy Englewood
Pickard Elementary Pilsen
Portage Park Elementary Portage Park
Scammon Elementary Avondale
Thorp, J.N. Elementary South Chicago

Corporate Award Recipient

iHeart Media Chicago 

2014 Recipients

Performance Program

Winning School Neighborhood
Beethoven Elementary Grand Boulevard
Cameron Elementary Humbolt Park
Carroll-Rosenwald Elementary Ashburn
CICS – Loomis Primary Washington Heights
Claremont Academy West Englewood
Crown Community Academy Archer Heights
Dewey School of Excellence Engelwood
Edwards Elementary Archer Heights
Gallistel Language Academy South Deering
Haines Elementary Near South Side
Hamline Elementary Back of the Yards
Henderson Elementary Gage Park
Jungman Elementary Lower West Side
McAuliffe Elementary Logan Square
Morton School of Excellence East Garfield Park
Nixon Elementary Hermosa
Thorp, J.N. Elementary South Chicago
Westcott Elementary South Side
Whittier Elementary Lower West Side
Woodson South Elementary Oakland

Residency Program

Winning School Neighborhood
CICS – Loomis Primary Washington Heights

Corporate Award Recipient

KPMG – Family for Literacy

Arts Education Award Recipient

Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools

2013 Recipients

Performance Program

Winning School Neighborhood
Burnside Academy Burnside
Charles R. Henderson Elementary Gage Park
Columbia Explorers Academy Brighton Park
Crown Community Academy North Lawndale
Hayt Elementary Edgewater
Marconi Academy West Garfield Park
Scammon Elementary Avondale
Scott Joplin Elementary Gresham
William P. Nixon Elementary Hermosa

Residency Program

Winning School Neighborhood
Lorca Elementary Logan Square

2012 Recipients

Performance Program

Winning School Neighborhood
Lorca Elementary Logan Square
New Field Elementary Rogers Park
West Ridge Elementary North Town

Acknowledgements

Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund is powered by:


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One Fund Committee:

Jessica Dunne (Committee Co-Chair), Stephanie Free (Committee Co-Chair), Karen Cardarelli (ECT Staff), Carly Crawford (ECT Staff), Holly Amatangelo, Darcy Brumler-Dangler, Julie Duggan, Amy Lavery, Ashley Manzella, Isabela Marchi, Elizabeth Marcus, Lily Rin-Laures, Sharon Silberg, Heike Spahn, Christina Van Horne, Jennifer Wolf